Bob James —
H ... LP Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1980. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
The cover might be a bit gimmicky – with a giant image of a hot dog – but the album's actually one of the more sensitive outings from keyboardist Bob James at the time – a really refreshing blend of modes and styles, served up on Fender Rhodes, Oberheim, and acoustic piano! There' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
Heads ... LP Tappan Zee, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Heads or tails, it's a winner every time – as the record's one of the last clear moments of genius from keyboardist Bob James in the 70s! The sound here is stepping out a bit more from Bob's earlier sides on CTI, but there's still plenty of great keyboard work to make the album worth seeking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James is picking up some extra keyboards here – mixing his usual Fender Rhodes with a bit of Oberheim Polyphonic – but the overall sound of the record is still pretty great, and filled with those warm, spacious tones that make Bob's albums so great! Things are slightly smooth, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
Three ... LP CTI, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the CTI inner sleeve.)
Bob James —
Touchdown ... LP Tappan Zee/Columbia, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Sweet electric keys from the great Bob James – a record that's a bit smoother than some of his first few classics for CTI, but still plenty darn nice! The set's got Bob working with a range of key fusion and studio players who include Steve Gadd, Earl Klugh, Eric Gale, Hubert Laws, Mongo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great collection featuring the best work of this groovy German piano player! Although he made some snoozy records in his day, this comp is definitely not one of them! Loads of great groovy funky piano tracks, with a cool european feel, and nice electric grooves. Some of these tracks came out in ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a nicely warming vibe on this album from Keith Jarrett – a sound that's sometimes a bit more laidback and personal, but which is still carried off with familiar associates Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums! Most of the tunes are shorter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wild and wonderful work by Keith Jarrett – light years away from his records on ECM! The album features a quartet that includes Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – but it's clearly Keith who's driving the bus here, taking lots of odd twists and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully complex work from Keith Jarrett – and one of the 70s albums that really shows his blossoming past jazz into a whole realm of new styles! The album features some works for instrumental ensembles – including a String Quartet and a Brass Quartet – plus a large orchestral ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heady double-length set from Keith Jarrett – some of his more sharper-edged work of the time, even though the session follows the free-flowing solo aproach of his other ECM recordings! The first half of the set features the extended "Invocations" suite – a work that has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Magical solo work from pianist Keith Jarrett – a set that's comprised almost entirely of standards, similar to some of the better-known trio recordings in this format by the artist – and which has Jarrett playing in this really evocative way that definitely lives up to the title! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice early work by Keith Jarrett – and very different than his later albums for ECM! This set is pretty loose and spiritual at times – and has Keith playing a variety of instruments, from piano, to guitar, to soprano sax, organ, and percussion – as well as singing, which he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Keith Jarrett —
Shades ... LP ABC/Impulse, 1976. Near Mint- ...
A lost gem from Keith's "with horns" period – a quintet session from the mid 70s, recorded with a group that features Dewey Redman on tenor, plus Charlie Haden on bass, Paul Motian on drums and percussion, and Guilherme Franco on additional percussion. The feel is a bit straighter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After the success of Jarrett's Standards Trio recording, he revisits the format with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette – the first ever live recordings of this incredible trio in action! Like the studio recordings, this set features roomy, lyrical readings of standards, in a way, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key moment in the career of pianist Keith Jarrett – and one that would continue to provide him a strong space for exploration in his later years at ECM! Jarrett first rose to great fame on the label with his long-spun solo improvisation albums of the 70s – and had also recorded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
American release of this session by the famous French tenor and reed player, with backing by French players like Rene Urtreger, Sacha Distel, and Jean Louis Viale. The set's fairly straight boppish material, with occasional performances by Jaspar on flute. Tracks include "Minor Drops", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)
A fantastic tribute to the compositional genius of saxophonist Wayne Shorter – and one that also features some great performances from the man himself! We're don't always immediately gravitate to the work of the Jazz At Lincoln Center group, but this is a really special project – one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – very nicely done!)
A great little live set – ostensibly a Dizzy Gillespie performance, but with some very strong guest stars! The core of the group is Diz's great one from the early 60s – with Lalo Schifrin on piano and Leo Wright on alto and flute, and they're joined by Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese Polydor pressing from the early 80s, with insert. Cover has a cutout notch and some light aging on the back.)
The jazz community here is pretty small – just a sextet, but one that had a huge impact on the Swiss jazz scene at the time! The group have a vibe that's maybe a bit earlier than the date of the material here – maybe more like some of the early 70s expressions from the American, German ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from one of the hippest British groups of the 50s – the legendary Jazz Couriers, fronted by the twin-tenor sax team of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes! Both players are great here – blowing with a tone, confidence, and sense of creativity that matches most of their American ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK MFP pressing, in flipback cover! A nice copy.)
Jazz Defenders —
Scheming ... LP Haggis (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from a group who are way more than just the sum of their name! The combo is definitely jazz, only a bit rock, and really provide a funky experience on most of their numbers – in the same sort of wicked blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements that you'd find on MPS Records ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great record, and one that's even better than its gimmick – even though that gimmick is pretty darn great! The group pretends to be a British jazz combo from 1970, and works their way through a host of Black Sabbath tunes from the time – but rather than a straighter reworking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from one of the hippest jazz singers ever – a session that showed the world that Eddie Jefferson was firmly back in business during the 60s! The set's got a really rollicking feel, and a bit more influence from soul than the bop of Eddie's roots – with elements of gospel ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)
Paul Jeffrey —
Family ... LP Mainstream, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the bolder records from tenor saxophonist Paul Jeffrey – a player from the east coast scene who recorded most strongly for Mainstream records in the early 70s! The group on this album is relatively large – directed by Ernie Wilkins, but with modes that are a lot looser and more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A young group, but one who've got some mighty nice energy – a mix of live rhythms on bass and drums, with sweet keyboard lines, saxophone leads, and just a touch of electronics – all in a mode that's got a similar blend of classic styles and contemporary elements as we'd find in work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leif Johansson's Orchestra —
Jo Jo ... LP Metronome (Denmark), 1979. Very Good+ ...
A fantastic bit of jazz from Denmark – recorded at the end of the 70s, but much more like some of the hippest MPS/Saba experiments of the late 60s! The group's led by drummer Lief Johansson, and has a way of moving through larger arrangements with the mix of modernism and swing we love from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but this is a nice copy overall.)
A beautiful little record – of the sort it feels like the Moserobie label was created to record – jazz that's not totally free or improvised, but which is also doing way more than conventional swing as well – served up by a trio with a perfect sense of creative cohesion! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronny Johansson —
Occasion ... LP Dragon (Sweden), 1981. Near Mint- ...
All tracks are originals by the leader – and the quartet features Ronny Johansson on piano, Ove Ingemarsson on tenor, Matz Nilsson on electric bass, and Anders Kjellberg on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album of solo drum tracks from 1972 – created and performed by Sven-Ake Johansson, a key figure in the European improv scene of the late 60s and early 70s – although an artist who's maybe at his best on a record like this! Johansson plays only a standard drum kit – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
JJ Johnson's always a cooker, but during the late 50s he cut some incredible records for the Columbia label – tight bop sessions that still stand as some of his best work! This album's one of them – a real smoker of a set that features Johnson's trombone as the only lead horn in a cool ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-grooving stuff from JJ – played with a lot more bite than usual, and recorded live with a group that features Nat Adderley on cornet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! Tracks include "Now's The Time", "Misterioso", "Walkin", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of heartfelt vocal tracks by a young Etta Jones – featuring arrangements by Oliver Nelson that rank among the best sort that he was penning for vocalists of this sort during the 60s. Etta's got a nice mix of material here, and although some of the tracks are a bit well-known ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black and silver label pressing, with deep groove and Van Gelder stamp. Cover is nice!)
Rock-solid trio work from the Hank Jones group of the 50s – a combo that includes Hank on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! The group was the rhythm section on countless dates for Savoy Records at the time, but here they're featured strongly on their own – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early Hank Jones session for Savoy, that, despite the "trio" tag in the title, is actually a quartet session with Paul Chambers on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Bobby Jaspar on flute. With a lineup like that, you can imagine how well the session stands up, and the added flute makes it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight later work from Jo Jones – a set that's got all the swinging energy of the early years, but also a relaxed vibe that's mighty nice too! There's a good quality to the recording – as it's one of those killer 70s sessions done for Denon in Japan – and Jones is clearly in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi and insert.)
Sam Jones —
Chant ... LP Riverside, 1961. Very Good ...
Early genius from Sam Jones – the kind of record that showed the world that he was way more than just a bass player – even though he was pretty darn great at that! At the time of the set, Sam was already raising plenty of ears with his work in the Cannonball Adderley group, an outfit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has a split spine, some splitting on the top seam, and some pen on the back.)
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight vinyl pressed at RTI!)
One of the hippest large American ensembles of the late 60s – almost a US equivalent to the groovy sound of the Clark Boland Big Band over in Europe! Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis had already made some great music together on their own – but once they came together in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a short click on "Three In One".)
There's no keeping up with these Joneses – as the well-matched trio is alive with energy throughout – really moving past any expectations we might have based on the individual players, as they make all these fantastic choices throughout – and find ways to really reach forward as a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Clifford Jordan – far better than the usual Steeplechase session of the time! The vibe here is similar to Jordan's work at the time on the Strata East label – played in a very similar group, with Cedar Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite an unusual set for Clifford Jordan – a large group effort that stands in stark contrast to some of his smaller combo work of the time! The ensemble features an incredible array of respected avant and soul jazz players – including Pat Patrick, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dizzy Reese, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An odd little album from tenorist Clifford Jordan – but a great one too, given the unique format! As the title implies, Cliff pays tribute to Leadbelly – handling a host of Huddie Ledbetter originals, but in a style that's kind of 60s soul jazz, with a bit of blues as well – one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joy ... LP Cadillac (UK), 1976. Sealed ...
Strident soulful stuff from this British combo of the mid 70s – with a sound and urgency that sounds more like an album on the Strata East or Muse label than it does a record on the hit-and-miss Cadillac one. Tracks are long, with a warm piano/bass interplay in the rhythm, and alto by Chris ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Includes a great 12" square, 12 page booklet of notes and photos!)
Beautifully minimalist work from Ariel Kalma – work that seems to move effortlessly between acoustic and electronic sources, often in ways that feel like the latter is manipulating the former! One piece here feels as if soprano sax lines were folded back on themselves – maybe in a ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing!)
Wojciech Karolak —
Easy! ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few rare albums cut by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki and his groundbreaking Golden Dragon group during the early 80s – a record that mixes some of the groove-oriented currents of his previous work with elements that are maybe more far-reaching and fusion-styled too! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key cut from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – and a single that firmly marked his move from fusion into the clubs! "Electric World" is a catchy bit of 80s electro soul – with female vocals stepping over bassy beats – which get some especially great percussion breakdown ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Early work by Stan – recorded in 1941 and 1942, years before his more famous sides for Capitol, and collected here in a mid 50s Decca LP. The style of the music is a bit straighter than later – more swing than modern – but still has some incredible touches that show that Kenton's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stan Kenton/June Christy/Four Freshmen —
Road Show ... LP Capitol, 1959. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
A great example of the Kenton powerhouse in action – a 90 minute double-live recording that really set a new standard for jazz sets of its type! The album features a side apiece dedicated to each of the three acts – one by Kenton's orchestra, one by Christy on vocals, and one by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, in the gatefold cover with booklet.)
One of Robin Kenyatta's hipper records of the 70s – mostly because it features material recorded during his late 60s years! The bulk of the set features a 1969 live recording – with Kenyatta leading a quartet with Larry Willis on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Alphonse Mouzon on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual session for Robin Kenyatta – featuring the leader on alto and flute, plus Wolfgang Dauner on clavinet and piano, Arild Andersen on bass, and Fred Braceful on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)
Robin Kenyatta —
Nomusa ... LP Muse, 1975. Sealed ...
Just Sold Out!
An early Muse session by Robin Kenyatta – and a record that's probably one of his best of the 70s. Kenyatta plays with a very nice group that includes Dom Salvador on piano and organ, Stafford James on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and the tracks are nice and long, with a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing music from Amirtha Kidami – an artist who's part of the forefront of contemporary spiritual jazz, but who has a sound that's unlike anyone else we've ever heard before! Kidami sings and plays both harmonium and synthesizer – using both instruments in these strange, offbeat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning debut from a really unique New York quartet – a group who explore spiritual jazz territory, but in a mode that's different from anyone else we can think of! The group's led by Amirtha Kidambi – who both sings, and plays harmonium – and creates these loose structures ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever vinyl release – and in a very cool flipback cover!)
More of a straight jazz album than usual for the KPM sound library – an excellent set featuring British alto player Peter King – with John Horler on piano, Dave Green on bass, and Spike Wells on drums! (Sound Library, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
An important set that documents a nice patch of King's early vocalese jazz sides – pivotal vocal jazz recordings that were not only enormously popular with listeners around the country, but which also did a heck of a lot in the way of advancing the way that male singers handled lead vocals on ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that revolutionized the concept of jazz vocals in the 50s – thanks to famous performances by Annie Ross and King Pleasure! The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market", and the King Pleasure ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Vinyl has some light oxidation, but is nice overall.)
A great 70s album by Roland Kirk – one that features him working on a lot of short tracks, in a pretty crazy style! A number of the tracks feature Kirk's uniquely quirky reed style in full effect – often processed with added studio techniques, in a very nice way. And along side that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light surface wear, but looks great otherwise.)
One of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's last truly fantastic albums – a set that still has all the amazingly messed-up qualities of his best late 60s work – delivered with the honest heart and sense of soul that always make us love his music! The set was recorded for Atlantic in the early 70s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and peeled spots from sticker removal on the front.)
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green Broadway label pressing. Cover has some light stains on back and a few gloss wrinkles in front.)
A special box set that collects all the key early albums from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – including a few rock moments too! First up is Shinchugoku – the earliest album we've ever seen from legendary guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a set that's a bit more pastoral and down to earth, as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although John Klemmer did a good job of putting us to sleep on his later albums, these early records of his have a sound that's pretty frenetic, and a style that presages a lot of the white free fusion players that would show up in the 70s. John plays with great abandon on some of these tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Cadet Concept pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear and mostly split top seam and spine.)
A great quartet date, with lots of room for Jimmy Knepper to take sublime solos on trombone – alongside Bruce Forman on guitar, Mike Richmond onb ass, and Billy Hart on drums. Titles are all Knepper originals – and include "Fallen Crest", "Leave Of Absinth", "Di ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A unique later session from trombonist Jimmy Knepper – produced as a Japanese-only release in the 70s by saxophonist Lew Tabackin – who's also a key member of the group! Given that Knepper's best known for his sharp-toned sounds with Charles Mingus in previous decades, this later set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trippy trippy bit of funk from Moe Koffman – recorded after his big "Swinging Shepherd" instrumental hit of the early 60s – but a few years before his more experimental sessions of the 70s! The style here is mod hippie 60s flute jazz – with Moe blowing in a soul jazz ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing on Revolver. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A very cool tribute to the legendary Cannonball Adderley – but one that has a spirit that's nicely that of its leader, alto saxophonist Tony Kofi! Tony's got a tone that's different than Cannon – maybe a bit sharper, with this pinched, edgey quality that's really great – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hans Koller/Attila Zoller/Roland Hanna —
Trinity ... LP L+R Records (Germany), 1979. Near Mint- ...
A later set from the modern pair of Hans Koller on tenor and Attila Zoller on guitar, with the addition of Roland Hanna on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic material from the legendary Polish pianist Krzystof Komeda – best-known as the soundtrack composer on most of the early films of Roman Polanski, including Rosemary's Baby – but also a hell of a jazz modernist in his own right! This live performance captures Komeda right at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set of early recordings by Polish jazz legend Komeda – all cut at the Jazz Jamboree festival in 1961, and featuring a variety of different groups. The strongest sides on the set features Komeda with a quartet that features tenor sax by Bernt Rosengren – really cooking with a modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant later set from Lee Konitz – recorded for Blue Note, after many years of Lee's mighty talents being ignored by US labels! Konitz first rose up as a modernist in the postwar years, recorded important records for Atlantic, Verve, Prestige, and other labels – then mostly gave ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Konitz/Jackie McLean/Gary Bartz/Charlie Mariano —
Altissimo ... LP Philips (Japan), 1973. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A really fantastic session – one that brings together four of the hippest alto saxophonists of the time – Gary Bartz, Jackie McLean, Lee Konitz, and Charlie Mariano – all in a groove that's pretty darn unique! When all four horns blow together, the sound is amazing – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a small tear at the opening.)
A really amazing little record – one that's partly in the "jazz meets Indian" mode of Joe Harriott's experiments of the 60s – but a performance that also brings in a lot more from spiritual jazz, even though most of the instrumentation is more traditional! The set is live, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure 60s albums cut by jazz vocalist Irene Kral – and a great little record that shows her to be more of a singer than we expected! Some of the tunes on the set have the straight vocals with band feel of Irene's other albums, but a few more go for a groovier sort of 60s ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK mono Fontana pressing, in a flip back cover, with some wrinkles on the opening.)
Sweet soulful fusion from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a player who's definitely tighter here than in his more psychedelic days – but who still has a wonderful sense of sound, space, and timing! The record features some great tones from Volker – sliding along with this slight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite singers and one of our favorite composers – brought together in a dream of a vocal jazz album! We've always loved the tunes that Michel Legrand penned for films of the 60s and 70s – as they've got a depth, sincerity, and jazziness that goes beyond most of his ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with white border around the cover image. Cover has some light age spots on one side.)